Anime episode 200. Captain Mayuri revives his lieutenant Nemu with what appears to be "sexual healing". Uryu Ishida complains that what he did can't be shown on TV (the anime was originally shown on TV in Japan).
When Chizuru becomes one of the Karakura Rangers, Uryu (as the commentator) notes that only one of her attacks can get past the censors.
In the first episode of Lingerie Fighter Papillon Rose "New Season". Papillon Rose was about to do her "Pinky Vibrator" attack from the original hentai-themed OVA, but Rama stops her before she can say the full name, claiming that the censors won't allow them to do that any more.
At one point in the Mahou Sensei Negima! manga, a panicked Konoka readies a censor image and protests that children are reading the comic when Jack Rakan begins getting a bit too perverted. Played for Laughs because the series is a hot-and-sexy PG-13 at best.
In Episode 45 of Monty Python's Flying Circus, the Bishop and Brigadier try to settle down and talk about their deep feelings for each other. They conclude that there's not much they can do about it on television, even though "they are a lot more permissive these days than they used to be."
Played with on the Top Gear Ground Force. After Jeremy Clarkson destroyed James May's shed for the umpteenth time, May paused to ask Clarkson what time the program airs, and more specifically whether or not it's beyond the Watershed. Upon confirming that it is, he starts to scream "You're a f—" but gets cut short by a hard cut over to Richard Hammond.
Stephen Colbert: My guest tonight has a hit song, the name of which I cannot legally say on air. So I dunno how the (bleep) he's gonna sing it. Stephen Colbert (later): This is the family show. We can't have you dropping the F-bomb here. Could I recommend a couple other words you could say instead of (bleep)?
Cee Lo ultimately agrees to replace "Fuck you" with the far-more positive "FoxNews".
The radio edit replaces the Fuck You with "Forget You". It could also be an example of this trope, an artist preferring to change his song himself before the real censors can leave it a mass of bleeps or blank space.
The MythBusters have run up against this more than once. For instance, when testing if it's possible to polish a turd, Adam starts the show by dutifully listing all the euphemisms for "turd" that they're not allowed to use (which, of course, were all bleeped out). In another one, they were testing if swearing helped to deal with pain; Adam made mouth guards to help the censors out by keeping people's foul mouths from needing to be blurred out - "Blurs are expensive, but bleeps are cheap!".
Family Feud: When a question or a response on the current incarnation of drifts into questionable waters, Steve Harvey will often note to the contestants that the show's title is "Family Feud" and thus they should think about what they're saying. A borderline example given that he usually says that after the contestant has said something Harvey thinks is inappropriate. And sometimes, much to his chagrin, their answer actually is up on the board, though usually in Unusual Euphemism form.
Wheel of Fortune: Multiple times, when a puzzle has shown profanity, Pat will point out the obvious. Examples:
HELL-BENT FOR ELECTION.
A partially revealed puzzle that eventually was DAVID HASSELHOFF. At one point, the H's and E's were some of the letters that had not been filled in, but the A's and S's were among those revealed. Pat jokingly reprimanded the game coordinator for choosing the puzzle.
A partially revealed puzzle that eventually was BARBECUE SPIT. "S_IT" was showing, and the contestant called an "H." "Thankfully, no," remarked Pat before moving the game along to the next contestant.
A bonus round puzzle was "CUSSWORDS," to which Pat jokingly stated that they were going to have to wash mouths out with soap.
In the Newsboys song "Belly of the Whale", which was written for the VeggieTales "Jonah" movie...
Peter Furler: It might behoove me to be heaved/ Head out like a human comet- Larry the Cucumber: Uh, guys, you might not want to rhyme with "comet"!
That was the version on the Jonah album. The version used in other media for the film is this:
Peter Furler: It might behoove me to be heaved/ Head out like a human comet, hmm, I wonder what rhymes with comet?
From it? Grommet? Bomb it? Nom nom nom it?
Eric Idle, on Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album, sings "I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio".
You can't say *** on the radio Or *** or *** or *** You can't even say "I'd like to *** you someday" Unless you're a doctor with a very large ***
In Georges Brassens's song Gare au Gorille, a couple of young women are watching a gorilla in his cage, looking at "A precise point that my mother rigorously forbade me to name here". The song ends on a similar note.
Salt N Pepa's Let's Talk About Sex was about bringing the topic of sex into public discussion, back in the early 90's, and acknowledged that people probably didn't want to hear it.
Salt: Yo, Pep, I don't think they're gonna play this on the radio
Crash Tag Team Racing has this as one of Neo Cortex's complaints upon being bumped by another racer: "I would've flipped him, but this game is rated E!" For futher context, the game is actually rated E10+.
In Banjo-Tooie, Banjo stops another character from swearing by reminding him that "this is a family game."
In Doom RPG, picking up the BFG displays a message that says "We'd tell you what this stood for but this is a family game."
Combined with Non-Standard Game Over in Jump Start5th Grade. The game's storyline involves stopping a Mad Scientist from blowing up industrial plants. If you fail to disarm one of the bombs, the game's protagonist breaks the fourth wall to inform that you have to try again because bombs can't go off in an educational game.
During Makoto's gag reel in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Makoto attempts to tell Noel how to imitate daddy's "abs and gun show" routine. She refuses to demonstrate herself or have the act depicted because "we're already on thin ice with the ratings board as it is..." Hello pot, meet kettle.
In Ragna's Chronophantasma gag reel, Makoto and Bullet (both enchanted by the Spectacles of Eros Mk.II) try to vie for Ragna's attention with a sort of striptease. Noel stops it by warning that going any further might invoke the dreaded AO rating.
An episode of U.S. Acres on Garfield and Friends had the wolf disguise himself as a businessman, where he convinced everyone on the farm, except for Orson, to procrastinate their jobs. Whenever he mentioned procrastination, the characters would respond with, "You can't talk about that on a kid's show!"
Heffer: Wait a minute. Heck? Don't you mean... Peaches: (covers Hef's mouth) Censors.
Duck Dodgers features this in an episode that spoofed Samurai Jack. Samurai Duck nearly slices somebody in half, until he says, "Not a robot!" They both agree that thankfully, humans cannot be killed on a show in this age rating.
Boris: I could swear... Natasha: Not on this program, dahlink!
From the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Ed Overboard", where Edd and Eddy are temporarily sworn in as Urban Rangers:
Eddy: I'd swear, but standards won't let me.
Par for the course, even Earthworm Jim plays with this, in an episode where Psycrow gets a brief job as a cartoon writer:
Editor: You cannot say this word in a cartoon! Psycrow: What word? Editor: Uh... I— I can't say.
Max from Sam & Max: Freelance Police uses a variation along the lines of "I never dreamed we could have this much fun and still be suitable for young viewers!".
During a skit about the human body, Sam thoughtfully informs us that they're not allowed to show blood when discussing the function of the heart, since it's a children's show. Of course, he says this in front of a completely red background
Family Guy does this in "The Road to Rhode Island":
Brian: We may pick up some college girls, and picnic on the grass. Stewie: We'd tell you more, but then we'd have the censors on our ass. Brian: Yikes!
Also on the Family Guy "Road To..." episode where Stewie and Brian travel to London to see Jolly Farm, there was Stewie's line about Brian during their "We're Too Different to Ever Be Pals" song: "And you get a kick out of stroking your..." Brian cuts him off with the old, "You can't say that on TV" line, but the trope is subverted (and a played straight version of the Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion trope) when Stewie tells Brian that the word he was about to say was "ego."
It's somewhat subverted in another episode, when Chris is dating a girl who looks exactly like Lois:
Stewie: Looks like somebody's getting a little Oedipussy. Brian: Can we say that? Stewie: Just did.
Histeria! try to dodge the censor; rather the censor would actually come out "onstage" and let viewers know that what's being mentioned isn't appropriate for kids' TV (such as "vestal virgins," the Roman vomitoriums, Thomas Crappernote the inventor of the indoor toilet, use of the phrase "War is hell," and use of "Damn the torpedoes"note Of course, after she went out to sea and got hit by one, she now realized why "Damn the torpedoes" was appropriate), and would sometimes change it (like when Billy the Kid told the kids on his show to go out to the shed and get his gun, Lydia came out, told him that what he was suggesting kids do would lead to copycat accidents, and then dressed him up like a girl so the network can get bigger ratings from girl viewers). The fact that the quotes and names are actual historical facts and Histeria was, for all its flaws, an educational show, probably helped to keep the real censors at bay.
One episode of Popeye ends with a Frank Sinatra expy sailing away with Olive Oyl on a raft. Popeye and Bluto look on, flabbergasted, and then say "Well I'll be a —", and at that moment two real-life hands cover their mouths. They finish the sentence silently with a gigantic "CENSORED" over each of their mouths.
In a Thanksgiving episode of Animaniacs, a pilgrim hunting a turkey orders Yakko, Wakko, and Dot to "Give (him) the bird." Yakko responds with "We'd love to but the Fox censors won't allow us."